Buster Mesquite's Cowboy Band (2001)


This is Tony Hillerman's second children's work, and his only picture book. It features a cast of characters who are all Southwestern animals. This book was illustrated by Ernest Franklin.

Special Note: The Center for Southwest Research does not have a manuscript draft of this work in its collections at this time.


Buster Mesquite's Cowboy Band give a quirky southwestern retelling of a classic children's tale, with a much more satisfactory ending. Delightful illustrations by Navajo artist Ernest Franklin, who has been illustrating Tony Hillerman's Navajo policemen for many years. Visual puns and hidden jokes make Franklin's drawings a delight to revisit over and over, always with a fresh sense of discovery. Humor is a large part of Native American life and traditional culture.

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